Honda Discloses Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Blake Z. Rong | August 28, 2012
Honda is doing something rare in the world of mobility companies, or even global corporations in general: It's revealing how much greenhouse gases it emits from manufacturing and business operations around the world, as well as the cumulative emissions of all its products. That's right—the figure Honda released includes not only the emissions from its factories across the planet, but also electricity use at office buildings, and the emissions generated from employees commuting to and from work. And it calculated, based on sales, the total volume of greenhouse gases emitted by every single one of Honda's products—cars, motorcycles, lawnmowers, snow throwers, the HondaJet, the BF105 Jet Drive outboard motor, and a couple of generators. That figure, by the way, is 225 million tons of CO2 equivalent, the general measurement of greenhouse gas emissions as equivalent to concentrations of carbon dioxide. (Here is an even more convoluted Wikipedia article on the subject.) The figure was calculated under the strict supervision of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which categorizes corporate emissions under three distinct categories: direct emissions from factories, indirect emissions from electricity use, and emissions generated by its products. Honda has disclosed the first two figures previously, but this is the first time a mobility company (as which Honda bills itself) has crunched the numbers on the third one.
No word on whether this figure includes all the midnight oil its statisticians burned all night to come up with the figure, or whether that figure changes based on what's being served in the employee cafeteria. But by representing this as a numerical figure, Honda has a goal to achieve in case it wants to work towards reducing its global emissions output. And besides, people love sound bytes with numbers. Numbers are handy. Numbers make us feel good. Source: Honda